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Physics at Queen Mary's High School

Course description

Physics is at the heart of everything and GCE Physics builds upon the foundations set at key stage 4 with an emphasis on practical inclusion. This allows us to better understand the world we live in. AQA provides a solid foundation that can be a spring board to many further degree courses. The department is well resourced and has 3 highly enthusiastic teachers ready to support you through your studies.

Course content

Lessons will include theory, tutorial time and practical experiences to develop all the
skills needed to be successful at A’ Level Physics. The year will be split up into 5 sections including:-

Core content
1 Measurements and their errors (completed at AS)
2 Particles and radiation (completed at AS)
3 Waves (completed at AS)
4 Mechanics and materials (completed at AS)
5 Electricity (completed at AS)
6 Further mechanics and thermal physics
7 Fields and their consequences
8 Nuclear physics
Options (One of 9 to 12)
9 Astrophysics
10 Medical physics
11 Engineering physics
12 Turning points in physics
13 Electronics


linear – 3x 2 hour exams.
P1 = Topics 1- 5 and 6.1 = 85 marks. 60 marks structured and 25 marks multiple choice
34% of A’ Level
P2 = Topic 6 – 8 = 85 marks. 60 marks structured and 25 marks multiple choice 34% of
A’ Level
P3 = Practical questions + option content = 80 marks. 45 marks on practical Physics and 35 marks on the option content. 32% of A’ Level
(Option content currently = Astrophysics or Turning Points in Physics)

Future opportunities

Environmental choices include geophysics or meteorology. Finance sector includes banking; Law includes Patent Law, Education, teaching at all levels. Healthcare to include Medical Physics and Nuclear medicine. Entertainment to include computer games and film. Hightech industries include space technology, nanotechnology and optoelectronics. Physics could also lead to curiosity driven research into Astrophysics and Particle Physics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Mary's High School directly.

Last updated date: 16 September 2016
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